Grantham court: Man gave dad’s details to deceive the police

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A son who was questioned by police “panicked” and gave his father’s details instead of his own “to deceive police and evade conviction”.

Adrian Gowen of Harrowby Road in Grantham was spotted by police standing next to his car in Gorse Lane on December 19 of last year.

Gowen told officers he had a full driving licence but in fact only had a provisional licence and when asked for his name, Gowen told officers he was John Gowen of Avon Close in Grantham.

He was told he must present proof of his licence at Grantham police station but when this was not forthcoming a letter of warning was sent to the address in Avon Close.

Daniel Pietryka, prosecuting, said John Gowen, Adrian’s father, contacted the police after receiving the letter “refuting all of the allegations against him”.

Gowen Snr told the officers they were probably looking for his son, Adrian.

Mr Pietryka said Gowen then came clean and admitted what he had done.

Mr Pietryka added: “He said that it was done in a bid to deceive the police and evade conviction.”

Chris Pye-Smith, defending, said: “It was a spur of the moment decision to give the name, which is similar to his own name.

“He gave his own date of birth so I think it was inevitable he was going to be discovered sooner or later.”

Mr Pye-Smith said Gowen cannot explain his actions.

He added: “He is sorry about making that decision. He doesn’t know why, he just panicked and once he did it he could not undo it at that point.”

Gowen, 46, admitted obstructing a police officer, driving without a licence and driving without insurance.

He was fined a total of £256 and must pay £85 in costs and a £20 surcharge. He also received six points on his licence.